Latos dominates Brewers
Here are the three stars from a 3-1 Reds win over the Brewers on Monday. Click here to read the full game story.
No. 3 star: Jay Bruce — 1-for-4. It was Bruce’s two-run double to the left field wall off of Yovani Gallardo that gave the Reds a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. It came just after cleanup hitter Brandon Phillips sac bunted runners to second and third base. Bruce is now hitting .435 (10-for-23) lifetime vs. Gallardo.
“Guys got on, Brandon got the guys over and I was able to put a good swing on it,” Bruce said. “It’s been a little harder than usual lately, but it’s working out great. It’s working out great tonight and I’m looking forward to tomorrow to get back on the horse. We’ve had a couple tough breaks and tough losses, but that’s baseball.”
No. 2 star: Drew Stubbs — 2-for-3, double, run scored, stolen base. It was a nice return from the DL.
No. 1 star: Mat Latos — 9 ip, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 13 K, 109 pitches/80 strikes. It was Latos’ finest hour thus far for the Reds.
“That was easily his best performance,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He had 13 strikeouts. Everybody got free pizza and ice cream. Man, he was dealing. He was awesome. He had a great slider going. He located his fastball well. Hanigan directed him through the game. He got two hits and a complete game. That’s exactly what the doctor ordered right there.”
The Latos-only news and notes:
*Latos’ 13 Ks were a new career best.
*At one point from the top of the first until the fourth, Latos threw 24 straight pitches for strikes.
*27 of 33 Milwaukee batters received first-pitch strikes.
“Strike one, period,” Latos said of his mindset for command. “Strike one, strike one, strike one. If I throw strike one and they want to beat it in the dirt or hit a lazy fly ball, that’s fine for the first pitch.”
*Latos threw his second career complete game. The other one was May 13, 2010 for the Padres vs. the Giants.
*Latos also tied a career best with two hits as a batter.
“To be honest with you, I was just trying to get groundball outs and let the defense work for me. I said ‘you know what? Just throw it for strikes, let them beat it in the dirt and let them make some plays.” — Mat Latos
“I made one mistake tonight. It’s going to happen. It’s an amazing feeling to finally do something good after the trade.” — Mat Latos
“That’s what you hope for. He did great. He didn’t really need us. It was awesome. He actually didn’t need us. He got a couple hits, pitched the whole game. He did a great job and that’s what we knew was in there. He pulled it out tonight and carried us to the win.” — Jay Bruce
“Kid was electric, man,” Morgan said. “He was getting ahead. What was it, twenty-some strikes in a row that I heard. He was dialed in. There were a couple of wishy-washy calls, but you just have to tip your cap to the kid. There’s going to be days when you run into a solid individual like that. We just have to flush this one and get ready to go tomorrow.” — Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan